Paris, the cosmopolitan capital of France is known by many names; the city of love, city of romance but its most famous is “La Ville-Lumière” (“The City of Light” or “The Illuminated City”). Known for culture, art, fashion, food and design, Paris is not a destination that comes to mind when one is planning a family holiday with children. However, armed with the right knowledge, Paris can be a wonderful family holiday destination. This city has many attractions which are perfect for families with children, in particular museums that have been built in the last two decades as part of a development project. As part of the effort to make themselves family friendly, a number of monuments and museums offer guided tours and special workshops for children. Parents can choose to either accompany their children or perhaps take the opportunity to do some shopping or just simply take a break. Entries to most places are free for under-18s, or reduced rates apply if not.
Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Start the family vacation by bringing everyone to the biggest science museum in Europe. Located in Parc de la Villette complex, the Cité offers a myriad of activities that make technology and science fun and interesting for children; talks, an aquarium, a IMAX 3-D cinema, Cités des Enfants, des Métiers, de la Santé, exhibitions, a media library, planetarium, a submarine (the Argonaute (S636), workshops for people of all ages, etc. Attracting about five million visitors a year, the museum even has special areas for children and teenagers.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm. Sunday: 10am – 7pm.
Musée Grévin – The children love this one, founded in 1882 by Arthur Meyer, it is one of the oldest wax museums in Europe. Showcasing life-size waxworks of celebrities and famous people such as pop legend Madonna, world renowned artiste Pablo Picasso, Marvel superhero Spider-man, French pop star Lorie, jazz icon Louis Armstrong, Albert Einstein or King Louis XIV, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope John Paul II, etc. Located on the Grands Boulevards in the IXe arrondissement on the right bank of the Seine, this museum contains some 450 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life from Charlemagne to Napoleon III, bloody scenes of the French Revolution, The tableau of Charlotte Corday murdering Jean-Paul Marat includes the actual knife and bathtub used. Pretty cool huh. Take the children here and let them meet their favorite ‘celebrity’ up close and personal. Fun time for the entire family.
Monday-Friday: 10am to 6.30pm.
Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and school holidays: 10am-7pm.
Aquarium of Paris, Cinéaqua – Located at Jardins du Trocadéro, Aquarium of Paris is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Feeling overwhelmed by all the zipping scooters and endless streets? Escape with your family into the Trocadéro gardens, right in the heart of Paris and enjoy a relaxing experience. The Aquarium of Paris has 43 tanks, over 10,000 fish and invertebrates, 25 sharks, a touch pool, two cinema auditoriums and interactive activities, making this the perfect place to bring your family for a day of fun and excitment. The aquarium has regularly updated workshops, performances and educational films for the children.
Musée de la Magie – Rabbits popping out of hats, pigeons disappearing into thin air, colored scarfs that seem to come out of no where and go on and on forever. Every kid grows up fascinated by magic and probably wishing they were a magician. Also known as the Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie and the Académie de la Magie, this private museum is located in the 4th arrondissement. Occupying the 16th-century cellars beneath the Marquis de Sade’s house, the museum is a popular destination for families and children. In the museum’s seven rooms you and your family will find an impressive collection of magical objects: from wands, boxes, magicians’ hats to card tricks, white rabbits, magic trunks, vanishing tricks, optical illusions and magic mirrors. For the budding child magician, there are experts on site to answer any tough magic related questions you may have. Be sure that you don’t miss the regular shows that will entertain, amaze and wow kids and grown-ups alike.
Jardin des Tuileries – Paris is littered with lovely gardens and parks with picturesque green lawns that are perfect for lying around with a blanket, cheese and a good bottle of French wine. Located between Musée du Louvre and the Place de la Concorde, it was created by Catherine de Medicis as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564. Jardin des Tuileries are among the loveliest and most famous gardens in Paris, but has the “pelouse interdite” (no sitting on the grass) rule. But that shouldn’t stop you and your family from enjoying a nice picnic: just pull up some of the green metallic chairs that are liberally placed through the gardens, and eat away to your hearts’ content.
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Fraser Suites Le Claridge is one of the most dramatic hotels in Paris: right on the Champs-Elysées, with sweeping views over classic façades, Parisian rooftops and a tranquil courtyard. Our stunning historic central Paris hotel offers 110 spacious Paris apartments and studios for long or short-term rental. Ideal for business travellers – or for anyone looking for a great place to stay in Paris while relocating, on a training programme, working on location or simply enjoying a Paris holiday as a couple or as a family. Choose a fully furnished studio or spread out in a one, two or three-bedroom self catering apartment in Paris. All offer the same facilities as a 4-star luxury hotel in Paris, including a 24-hour reception and concierge, breakfast, a daily maid service, WiFi, a business centre, three large meeting rooms, a library and a fitness room. Room service is provided by an external restaurant facility, and an excellent range of Champs-Elysées restaurants and shops lie outside the door.
Our spacious Paris apartments combine the advantages of a luxury hotel in Paris with self catering kitchens, business facilities, comfortable living areas and the ultimate location on the Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris. Charles de Gaulle airport, the La Défense business district and CNIT, the Porte Maillot Congress Centre, and major Paris attractions including the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette department store are easily reached on foot or by metro.
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Fraser Suites Harmonie offers a convenient and cost-effective alternative to ordinary La Défense hotels, whether you are relocating, on a training or graduate programme, working on location or simply enjoying a holiday or extended stay in Paris. Choose a spacious Paris studio or spread out in one- or two-bedroom serviced apartments. La Défense’s futuristic buildings tower against the skyline and the River Seine meanders past. Many rooms boast balconies with stunning views over river or city.
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With a metro station opposite, an RER station within five minute’s walk, private underground parking and a reliable taxi and chauffeur service, it’s easy to travel to and from Paris’ best attractions. The Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Opéra and famous department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are all close. A direct RER train runs straight to Disneyland.